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M is for Minestrone with Italian Sausage


Ingredients:
½ pound ground Italian sausage
1 large onion, chopped
2 large carrots, chopped
2 celery ribs, chopped
1 medium leek (white portion only),
chopped
1 medium zucchini, cut into 1/2-inch
pieces
¼ pound fresh green beans, trimmed
and cut into 1/2-inch pieces
3 garlic cloves, minced
6 cups beef broth
2 cans (14-½ ounces each) diced
tomatoes 
3 cups shredded cabbage
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 teaspoon dried oregano
¼ teaspoon pepper
½ cup uncooked small pasta shells
1 can (15 ounces) garbanzo beans
rinsed and drained
3 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
(optional for Dairy Free)

Directions:
In a Dutch oven, cook sausage and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Stir in the carrots, celery and leek; cook for 3 minutes. Add the zucchini, green beans and garlic; cook 1 minute longer.

Stir in the broth, tomatoes, cabbage, basil, oregano and pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 45 minutes.

Return to a boil. Stir in the garbanzo beans, pasta and parsley. Cook for 6-9 minutes or until pasta is tender. Serve with cheese. 10-12 servings.

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